CanJam at RMAF - Outstanding Exhibitor: V-Moda
Val Kolton started fashion headphones. I remember when I first saw his meh-sounding gemstone-adorned in-ear, and just shook my head. I certainly didn't get it. But he's been working like mad since I first experienced his stuff, and I hadn't been paying attention. I've been hearing quite a buzz lately and when Jude enthused about his gear in the hallway I just knew I had to check out what's going on with V-Moda. I was blown away.
Not in the audiophile sense, but in the quality of approach and dedication to getting it right, Val has nailed it. The V-Moda Crossfade series are the best hip-hop, trance, house, ambient, whatever headphones I've heard to date. That's a bold statement to make from a first trade show listen, and I don't make it lightly, but these headphones flat-out rocked. I can't wait to rummage though the line at length. And the build quality is out of this world. Customizable too! I could go on-and-on but I'll wait for the review.
Also shown by V-Moda were "The Fader" in-ear hearing protection attenuator. I'm very interested in hearing safety, and Val's interest in it is yet another indicator of his well rounded approach. I think a company like V-Moda is well positioned to sell hearing safety to the younger crowd, and I'm really happy they're doing something about it.
I'm featuring V-Moda as a manufacturer because of a great vision and a successful and balanced approach. Val wants most of all a cool headphone. Style is very important to him. But he knows that sounding good is also a part of why headphones are cool, and he and his team work very hard on technically achieving the desired sound. They've got a bunch of headphone test gear like mine and evidently know how to use it.
A quote from Steve Guttenberg at the show: "You can think of V-Moda like Beats done right." I think Steve's spot on. Really great job, Val!